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Gifted 4-year-olds Sent Home from Program

Posted August 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Twenty-four 4 year olds are back home after spending two weeks in the state's first charter school.

State officials say the children were improperly enrolled in Durham's new Healthy Start Academy. A new kindergarten law allows gifted and mature 4 year olds born as late as April 16th to start kindergarten. Before, kindergartners had to be 5 by October 16th.

The law says that principals would decide whom to admit, based on a set of guidelines from the state. Healthy Start officials say they had accepted the 24 children into its kindergarten program before the guidelines were issued.